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Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands - Episode 1.01 - First 4 Minutes & Press Release


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ITV has commissioned twelve-part drama Beowulf, an epic re-imagining of one of literature’s greatest and most enduring heroes. Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Bletchley Circle) has been cast to play the lead role of Beowulf and will star alongside multi award winning actor William Hurt (Humans, Kiss of the Spider Woman) who will play Hrothgar and acclaimed actress Joanne Whalley (Wolf Hall, Jamaica Inn) who takes on the role of Rheda.

Joining the cast are David Harewood (Homeland, Blood Diamond) will guest star in Beowulf. David will play Scorann, a born warrior, fearsome fighter and man of great honour, in ITV’s epic re-imagining of one of literature’s greatest and most enduring heroes Beowulf. Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) has been cast in the role of Slean, David Ajala (Black Box) will play Rate and the latest cast to join are Joe Sims (Broadchurch), Lee Boardman (The Intercepter, Da Vinci’s Demons), David Bradley (Broadchurch, The Strain), Ace Bhatti (Black Work, The Shadow Line), Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge, The Odyssey) and Emmet J Scanlan (No Offence, The Fall).

Created by James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman, this action-packed 13 part drama series to be produced by ITV Studios is set in the mythical Shieldlands, a place of spectacle and danger populated by both humans and fantastical creatures.

Essentially, a western set in the Dark Ages of Britain’s mythic past, the story unfolds on a huge canvas, filmed amongst the breathtaking beauty of England's North East.

Further casting includes Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street), Ellora Torchia (Indian Summers), Gisli Orn Gardarsson (Spooks and Spirits) Susan Aderin (The Last Detective), Kirsty Oswald (Ripper Street), Laura Donnelly (Outlander), Edward Hogg (Indian Summers), Alex Price (Father Brown), Jack Rowan (Silent Witness) and Itoya Osagiede (Okora: The Prelude).

The first episode sees Beowulf who, after spending many years wandering as a mercenary warrior, returns to Herot to pay his respects to the recently deceased Thane, Hrothgar - the man who raised him. But when Herot is attacked by the terrifying monster Grendl, Beowulf has no choice but to hunt it down, winning favour with Herot’s new female Thane, and the wider community, in the process.

And so begins a personal journey that sees this mighty and capable man slowly reconnect with the notion of family and home.

Beowulf is a series about courage, greed, betrayal, revenge, loyalty, power, man versus wilderness and, of course love. It is a series that explores the notion of good and evil, heroes and villains. However, beyond these wider political undercurrents and inner personal turmoils are the excitement, danger and sense of adventure that any great Western has. Epic fights, thrilling chases, raids, celebrations and battles are an essential part of the promise.

Cast: Kieran Bew, William Hurt, Joanna Whalley, Ed Speleers, David Ajala, Ian Puleston-Davies, Ellora Torchia, Gisli Orn Gardarsson, Susan Aderin, Kirsty Oswald, Laura Donnelly, Edward Hogg, Alex Price, Jack Rowan, Itoya Osagiede, David Harewood, Joe Sims, Lee Boardman, David Bradley, Ace Bhatti and Gregory Fitoussi

Production Company: ITV Studios
Created by: James Dormer, Tim Haines and Katie Newman
Executive Producer: Tim Haines and Katie Newman
Producer: Stephen Smallwood

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